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Romberg, Fuchs: Clarinet Quintets; Stanford / King, Et Al


Release Date: 06/12/2001 
Label:  Helios   Catalog #: 55076   Spars Code: DDD 
Composer:  Robert FuchsAndreas Jakob RombergCharles Villiers Stanford
Performer:  Thea King
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Britten String Quartet
Number of Discs: 1 
Recorded in: Stereo 
Length: 1 Hours 20 Mins. 

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Notes and Editorial Reviews

Neglected masterpieces? Not quite, though Andreas Romberg’s undisguised homage to Mozart has something of the master’s charm (if not his depth and subtle inventiveness), as does the Brahms-saturated Quintet of Robert Fuchs; and Charles Stanford’s Two Fantasies are easygoing, tuneful and very likeable – especially the lilting, faintly folksy F major. These are diversions – divertimenti – in the best sense of the word. Play them soberly or mechanically and they wilt and die. Fortunately there’s plenty of lively, affectionate musicianship in these performances – all warmly and intimately recorded.

Performances: 5 (out of 5), Sound: 5 (out of 5)

-- Stephen Johnson, BBC Music Magazine
Neglected masterpieces? Not quite, though Andreas Romberg’s undisguised homage to Mozart has something of the master’s charm (if not his depth and subtle inventiveness), as does the Brahms-saturated Quintet of Robert Fuchs; and Charles Stanford’s Two Fantasies are easygoing, tuneful and very likeable – especially the lilting, faintly folksy F major. These are diversions – divertimenti – in the best sense of the word. Play them soberly or mechanically and they wilt and die. Fortunately there’s plenty of lively, affectionate musicianship in these performances – all warmly and intimately recorded.

Performances: 5 (out of 5), Sound: 5 (out of 5)

-- Stephen Johnson, BBC Music Magazine
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Works on This Recording

1.
Quintet for Clarinet and Strings in E flat major, Op. 102 by Robert Fuchs
Performer:  Thea King (Clarinet)
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Britten String Quartet
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1914; Germany 
2.
Quintet for Clarinet and String Quartet, Op. 57 by Andreas Jakob Romberg
Performer:  Thea King (Clarinet)
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Britten String Quartet
Period: Classical 
3.
Fantasy for Clarinet and Strings no 1 in G minor by Charles Villiers Stanford
Performer:  Thea King (Clarinet)
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Britten String Quartet
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1921; England 
4.
Fantasy for Clarinet and Strings no 2 in F major by Charles Villiers Stanford
Performer:  Thea King (Clarinet)
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Britten String Quartet
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1922; England 

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